Blount County Farmers Elected To Serve On State Commodity Committees
Above photo: Blount County’s Lance Miller was re-elected to a three-year term on the Alabama Farmers Federation State Cotton Committee during the 2019 Commodity Organization Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 6. From left are Federation Cotton Division Director Carla Hornady and Miller.
Below: Blount County’s Tim Whitley was elected 1st vice chairman of the Alabama Farmers Federation State Beef Committee during the 2019 Commodity Organization Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 5. From left are Federation Governmental & Agricultural Programs Department Director Brian Hardin and Whitley.
Blount County Farmers Federation Earns 2018 Award of Excellence
The Blount County Farmers Federation received the Award for Excellence Dec. 3. during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th Annual Meeting in Montgomery. To earn the distinction, counties must score at least 80 points out of 100 on the award application, which covers involvement in agricultural programs, governmental affairs, county Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers committees.
Blount County Farmers Federation outgoing President Tim Whitley, right, accepted the award from Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Outgoing, New Blount County Farmers Federation Presidents Recognized
New Blount County Farmers Federation President Jeff Maze and outgoing President Tim Whitley were recognized during the Presidents Luncheon at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th Annual Meeting Dec. 3 in Montgomery. Whitley, center, received a plaque for his three years of service, and Maze, right, received a pin to commemorate his election. The two are pictured with Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
While Whitley's term as county president has ended, the Blount County cattle farmer was elected to a three-year term as District 4 director of the Alabama Farmers Federation during the conference. The position was previously held by Rickey Cornutt of Marshall County. The District 4 director seat rotates among Blount, Cullman, Marshall and Winston counties.
Miller Receives Alabama Farmers Federation Senior Leader Award
Blount County Farmers Federation member Jimmy Miller received the Senior Leader Award from the Alabama Farmers Federation during an awards ceremony Dec. 3.
Miller has served on the county Federation Board of Directors for 18 years and is a past president of the organization. He also served as Alabama State Cotton Committee chairman for 10 years.
Miller received the award during the second general session of the Federation's 97th Annual Meeting in Montgomery, which drew over 1,200 attendees to the Capital City. From left are Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan and Miller.
The Senior Leader Award is reserved for individuals who are over 70 years old and have served as a county Farmers Federation president, State Women’s Leadership Committee chair or Federation State Board member.
Blount County Student Studying Agriculture Earns College Scholarship
Auburn University student Bailey Morton of Blount County received a $1,750 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Blount County Farmers Federation. He was recognized at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Scholarship Reception at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn Sept. 20. Morton, who is from Altoona, is a senior studying wildlife ecology and management. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Morton.
Abel Competes In Annual State Heritage Cooking Contest
Brandy Abel of Blount County entered her recipe for Sweet and Spicy Meatballs in the 2018 Heritage Cooking Contest. The annual contest is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Division and highlights a specific commodity. For 2018, pork was the highlighted commodity.
Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
1 lb. bacon
36 frozen meatballs
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. chili powder
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix brown sugar and chili powder in a bowl. Cut 1 lb. of bacon strips in half. Wrap strip of bacon around meatball, secure with a toothpick. Roll meatballs in sugar mixture and place on a greased broiler pan. Bake to 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Farmers Host Annual Row Crop Tour
Over 100 farmers attended the Blount County Row Crop Tour Aug. 14 in Snead.
Miller Graduates From A.L.F.A. Leaders Program
Lance Miller of Boaz in Blount County graduated from the two-year Agricultural Leaders For Alabama (A.L.F.A. Leaders) program in Montgomery Aug. 2. The 17-member A.L.F.A. Leaders Class IV was recognized at the 46th Commodity Producers Conference hosted by the Alabama Farmers Federation, which sponsors the program. Members attended six institutes from Montgomery to Washington, D.C., to Spain during A.L.F.A. Leaders, which stressed personal development, communication, political involvement and an in-depth understanding of the Federation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Miller, who is a poultry and row crop farmer.